Ivy’s Story traces the life of Ivy Cox, her brother and family from 1913 to the present describing a generation’s loves and labours in fascinating detail.

Born in Devonport in 1913 the family moved to Scotland until 1920 when they moved back to a cottage in the old village of Hooe. She recalls life and loves, work and play. Her schooldays at Hooe Junior School and subsequent marriage and stay in Malta during the war then work in the photographic D&P labs in Plymouth.

Using her story as its theme the book explores the social history of Plymouth life in the early twentieth century. The primitive sewage system, washday procedure, cinemas of Plymouth and the exotic Dorothy Eady, Paul Rogers actor, Sloe Gin, 1920 recipes and Hooe School are among the many.

Written by Robin Blythe-Lord and beautifully produced as a 72page A4 paperback with 152 contemporary photographs and drawings. There are a limited number available at meetings at a discount price of £5. All proceeds to PVH.

The Story of Langdon Court

From 1066 to 2021. The house and its owners. This A5 booklet is a condensed version of the A4 full version which is now out of print. £5. proceeds to PVH

Local Memories, Anecdotes and assorted items of interest

We are starting to collect material for a book, to be published by PVH, containing local memories, anecdotes and facts. These can be as long or as short as you like and be text and/or pictures.  Subject? well anything really, for example: do you remember:-

The Broadway being built? The air raid shelter  under the roundabout at Lidl’s? The Train from Turnchapel to town? The Quarries in operation? Downham Hostel? The Americans? Your first day at school or work?

Contact Robin Blythe-Lord at re any of the above.